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Other iPad research

If you found the blog post about my iPad research in the field interesting here are a few blogs and articles about people that have also done some research in the same field: MobileArch: This is a blog about the use of Smart devices in the field. It has not been updated since 2010 unfortunately, but […]

Reading of an ancient Roman tablet

An ancient rolled up and buried Roman tablet was found in Kent, England. A group of researchers attempted to read the tablet without unrolling it by using neutron computed tomography, however this method failed as the resolution was not high enough to determine what was written on the tablet. For this reason, the researchers decided to […]

Shipwreck found while testing sonar mapping equipment

A long lost ship, named Terra Nova, was found in the seabed of Greenland. It was discovered by a group of people testing echo-sounding equipment around the area. When they saw an unidentified feature within their data they decided to use sonar-mapping to determine what this feature was. They matched the length of the feature […]

Update on the search of Earhart’s aircraft

In a previous blog post I gave a link to a Discovery News article stating that the group of archaeologists using underwater robots to search for Earhart’s aircraft were close to giving up their search. This was mainly due to the rough environment in which they had to work. Today, however, another article appeared which […]

Google Strikes Again – Pre-Hispanic ruins on Google Street View

Google street view has added interactive images of pre-Hispanic ruins, such as the pyramids of Teotihuacan, on street view. This allows people to look around an archaeological area through the photographs taken by various people from different angles. As it is a new development it still needs a bit of work (that is, more photographs), however […]

Relevant Blogs

I stumbled upon a number of blogs highly relevant to computational archaeology by browsing around the Archaeological Links blog (also an interesting blog with many news and links relevant to archaeology). The first blog is the Google Ancient Places blog which describes the progress of a team developing a system that takes information from various books […]

Tuks Archaeology – iPad Research

A few months ago the Archaeology Department allowed me to join them in a field trip to Paul Kruger’s farm near Rustenburg South Africa. The purpose of their trip was to investigate a few theories posed by  a south african archaeologist, Dr. van Vollenhoven, and to learn various things about archaeological field work. My purpose there […]

Google Image Survey may have found lost Egyptian Pyramids

Satellite images of an area in Egypt show suspicious signs of undiscovered pyramids, here. Field work still needs to be done to figure out what exactly is happening in that area, but this is a great example of using computers to analyse an area in order to decide where to begin excavations. Archaeologists don’t need software created specifically for […]

ROVs help archaeologists find a shipwreck again

Today I read about a group of archaeologists who followed a tip given to them by some fishermen and used robots to find out what these fishermen were talking about. They used Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to explore the area and discovered almost intact food jars from a Roman shipwreck. This is just another example of […]

Article – software to recognise city through architecture

Today I read an article on new software that was designed to determine what city a person is in by analysing the architecture of the city. This article made me think about the applications of similar software in archaeology. How about software that identifies the era an area is from, by analysing the architecture? Something […]